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2/18/18 - Scott ran the dogs in the first ever Blue Mountain Sled Dog Race. He ran 6 dogs in the 19 mile class. They came in 6th place. The team was: Virgil, Honey, Amp, Vince, Max and Chowda.
1/21/18 - Our guys do not have enough miles to do the 25 mile class at the Chinook Trail. So Scott ran in the 14 mile class with 6 dogs. They came in 4th out of 14 teams! His team was: Virgil, Honey, Amp, Vince, Max and Zelda.
1/27/18 - Lucas is super sick, and my truck was not running right (fixed now) so we did not get to go to the Brownville Race.
1/21/18 - The Wonalancet race had to be cancelled for conditions. At the last minute we put together a race up in Milan. The Nansen Ski Club Sled Dog Race. Scott ran in the 8 dog class and came in 3rd place. The team was: Honey, Virgil, Circe, Carrigan, Amp, Vince, Chowda and Max.
1/7/18 - Scott ran all 10 dogs in the Milan Fun Run. They did well and made SDO time.
11/18/17 - Circe went to an obedience trial down in MA and earned her second leg towards her CD title. We will be busy racing soon and will look for a show to finish her title in the spring.
10/21/17 - 10/23/17 - We went to our Siberian Husky National Specialty Show held in VA beach. We only had room for 2 dogs, and brought Circe and Odd. I showed Odd in the 9-12 class, sweeps and regular, 4 times since there was a specialty the weekend before the show. He did not place. Then Odd went into Rally Novice and got his first RN leg. The cool part for him was that he was the darkest red at the show. So he was photographed by the AKC to show a dark red Siberian. Circe was shown in Novice regular obedience and earned her first leg towards her CD title. Circe also went in SDO sweeps and regular class. Since she was the only SDO there she took first each time.
5/7/17 - I showed Odd at the LRKC match. He was a bit of a goofball! I did not have time to potty him or warm him up since I was stewarding for Scott who was judging Rally Obedience. Jacob showed his dog Teddy and took Best Junior Handler in Match.
3/26/17 - Mother Nature blessed us with snow. I was able to throw together a last minute race for North Country Mushers at Old Hill Village. We really needed to do this to end the season on a happy note for the dogs. What better way to end the season than with a bunch of friends? We only had 10 dogs in training, and wanted to run all 10. We each borrowed a dog to give us each a 6 dog team. I ran: Virgil, Carrigan, Sprite, Vince, Chowda & Charlie. Scott ran: Honey, Circe, Amp, Sammi, Joker and Swift. I'm proud of Circe since she is almost 11 years old. I'm pleased that Carrigan and Joker could both make a comeback even though they lost a lot of mileage when they were recovering from injuries. Both teams were good on the way out, but slowed down on the way back. We had just run them the day before to mark the trail, and I think they were a bit bored. They all had a blast though, and they all worked hard. This race finished Carrigan's SD title.
We finished Sled Dog Outstanding titles on Vince and Virgil. We also finished Sled Dog titles on Honey, Chowda, Amp & Carrigan. I'm proud of how well they did this season since I started training them 2 months later than I should have. Next year I promise to start training them on time!
3/12/17 - Scott ran the Great North Woods Challenge one day race. The trail was 13 miles long. Because conditions had gone bad locally the dogs had not run since the last race. To keep them in the best condition they should be out training on a regular basis. Scott also struggled with some issues on the trail. His 6 dog team was: Honey, Virgil, Amp, Carrigan, Chowda and Vince. They finished right in the middle of the pack. Not the best way to end the season, but they did great at the other races.
2/25/17 - Scott raced in the Chinook Trail Race which was 25 miles. His 8 dogs were; Honey, Virgil, Amp, Circe, Sprite, Carrigan, Chowda and Vince. A bunch of fast sprint teams entered the race, Scott took 5th place.
1/28/17 - 1/29/17 - I took a 6 dog team to race in Maine. It was 2 separate races and 20 miles each day. I ran; Honey, Virgil, Amp, Circe, Chowda and Vince. We placed 6th the first day and 4th the second day (out of 12 teams).
1/21/17 & 1/22/17 - Scott raced the Wonalancet Fun Run. It was 15 miles each day. Scott raced in the 8 dog class; Honey, Virgil, Amp, Circe, Sprite, Joker, Chowda and Vince. Carrigan and Swift ran lead for two other teams. Our team took 1st place out of 8 teams!
1/7/17 - 1/8/17 - Scott raced in the Jefferson Fun Run. It was 2 separate races and 10 miles each day. He was able to race all 10 dogs we had in training; Honey, Virgil, Circe, Carrigan, Amp, Sprite, Chowda, Swift, Joker and Vince. Day 1 our team took 2nd place and was fastest purebred. Day 2 our team took 3rd place and was fastest purebred.
10/22/16 - Our Lakes Region Kennel Club held a Rally Trial. In the morning I showed Chowda in Novice B and finished his Rally Novice title. Scott showed 7 month old Rosie and earned her first Rally Novice leg. In the afternoon trial Scott and little baby Rosie took first place to earn her second Rally Novice leg. (The next week at classes she finished her Canine Good Citizen title.)
10/3/16 - 10/8/16 - We went to our Siberian Husky National Specialty show. We only entered 2 dogs since it was the first time both of our boys would be going to one. Chowda was entered in Rally Novice B, the last time he had even practiced was at the trial in September. He was consistent with a score of 91 and was in 5th place is a very large entry of dogs (so just out of the ribbons). Circe was entered in the Sled Dog sweeps. She was the only Sled Dog Outstanding dog at the show.
9/2/16 - Without any training (other than a puppy class he took months ago) I took Chowda to a rally trial in Amherst NH. He did well for a dog with no training and earned his first leg with a score of 91.
6/3/16 - I took Lilly to the Yankee Siberian Husky Specialty show. She took 4th in the first show, and 3rd in the second.
5/7/16 - We showed a few dogs in the Siberian Husky Sled Dog Showcase. Honey showed in a large untitled class and took 2nd place. She went on to be one of the dogs in the top 10. Lance took 3rd in the SDX class and Vice took 4th in the same class. Circe was the only SDO bitch.
5/1/16 - I showed Chowda at the Lakes Region Kennel Club match. It was like a Siberian Husky specialty show there were that many entered. Chowda took Best of Breed puppy and a group 1 in the Working Group.
Winter of 2016. EVERY single race we entered was canceled. I enjoyed training my team and we look forward to the following season.
12/6/15 - Jacob and I ran an 8 dog team in the NCM Christmas Fun Run. We finished in 2nd place right after a fast spring team. Scott ran the 2 dog bikejor and also finished in 2nd place.
10/17/15 - My kennel club held back to back Rally trials. I had Honey entered in Novice B. The first trial she was so goofy on one exercise and we ended up loosing 13 points! Next trial she redeemed herself by taking 1st place in her class to finish her RN title!
7/25/15 - My kennel club held their first official Barn Hunt. I think it went smoothly, and everyone seemed to have fun! I had Diesel entered, but he did not find the second rat either time. I'm going to give him a break from Barn Hunts for a while.
7/19/15 - Thank you everyone who came over to celebrate Valeska's 15th Birthday!!
7/11/15 - I took Diesel to a Barn Hunt at Tova training. It was SOOO hot! He was too hot to really try to hunt.
6/28/15 - We took Diesel to a Barn Hunt down in Littleton, MA. He did not qualify in either trial, and I felt like he was not really into it.
6/13/15 - Took Valeska and Circe to A Barn Hunt. Circe would not do her tunnel. Valeska did qualify and finished her Novice title!
5/30/15 - We went to a Barn Hunt down in Littleton, MA. It was outdoors in the hot sun. So many dogs did not qualify. I took Valeska into Novice twice, but she did not even try to hunt. Scott took Vince in the open class twice. He was not into it. We are ending his barn hunt career. So sad because when he started he was great. We were told that smart dogs get bored with the game since they never actually get to eat the rat like they want. It was Diesel's first time in open. He qualified in both trials taking 1st place in his height class. In the second trial he was the ONLY dog to qualify in open!
5/29/15 - We took 3 dogs to the Yankee Siberian Husky Specialty show. Vince took 3rd place in Novice B and finished her CD title!! Scott showed Honey in the 6-9 month class and they won their class. I took her in to Rally Novice. It was not pretty, but she qualified (not bad for a baby). I showed Sheldon in Bred-by twice, but he did not even get looked at. I took Aspen (Kermit X Vale) in open, but he was too focused on leaving the ring, and he did not get looked at either. Tyr (Lance X Jadis) went into open obedience with his dad and earned his first CDX leg with 1st place. They also went into Rally Novice where they also took 1st place. Liberty (Viktor X Anika) also went into Rally Novice and earned a leg. It was a great day for the Kiana Siberian dogs.
5/10/15 - We went to a dog show in Maine. Scott and Vince took 3rd place in Novice B for their second CD leg. I showed Sheldon in Bred-by, he won his class, and took Reserve Winners Dog.
5/16/15 - We went to a Barn Hunt at Tova Training in NH. We could only enter Novice because we had to get to a birthday party. Diesel qualified in both of his Novice runs and finished his title. Valeska showed me 2 tubes the first trial, but I picked the wrong one. Second trial I messed up and timed out knowing where the rat was. Circe did one trial and signaled where the rat had just been (probably the rat peed there). Layla (Kermit X Solo) finished her novice title. Lilu (Lance X Jadis qualified in both of her open runs.
5/10/15 - Had our first Barn Hunt training day at our house. I think everyone had a good time. I know we did.
5/3/15 - We went to our kennel club's match. Scott showed Dusty, our Duck Toller, and took a group 4th. Honey won her 6-9 month class. Sheldon took a group 1st. I thought he had best adult in match, but the terrier beat him.
4/25/15 - We brought a whole bunch of dogs to the first USA Siberian Husky Showcase. We did get a bunch of placement ribbons. The best thing of the day was Circe made it into the top 10 out of 74 dogs.
4/12/15 - We brought 3 dogs to my kennel club's Barn Hunt Fun test. Once again I found 3 more dogs in my kennel with no prey drive; Joker, Circle and Carrigan. I do think Circle has potential. She does great with the tunnel and climb.
4/11/15 - We went to a Barn Hunt at Tova Training in NH. Diesel did the Instinct class for the first time and qualified. Then he went into Novice for the first time and peed, game over. Second trial he qualified earning his first leg. In the first trial Valeska did her climb and tunnel, but did not find the rat. She then went in for the second trial and qualified for her second Novice leg. Circe found the rat and climbed both trials, but did not do the tunnel (back to tunnel work). Vince was in Open twice, but did not qualify. We got to see Lilu (Lance X Jadis) finish her Novice title.
3/28/15 - We went to an obedience trial down in Taunton, MA. It was the first time Vince and Circe were in Novice B (regular obedience). Scott and Vince did great earning the first leg of his CD title. I have only been training Circe for 2 weeks, so I did not expect much. She ended up following me on the recall. With some training I think she will be really good.
3/22/15 - We went to a Barn Hunt in Rowley, MA. Scott had Circe in Novice twice. She earned a novice leg in the first trial, but would not do the super long scary tunnel in the second trial. I had Valeska in Novice. She did not find the rat in the first trial. Then in the second trial she found the rat, but would not do the long tunnel. That stumped me since Valeska lives for tunnels. I think she just did not think she could hop all the way through. Scott had Vince in open and he only found one rat in each trial. Hopefully soon the snow will melt and we can train in the yard!
3/14/15 - We went to a Barn Hunt in Saco, Maine. We LOVE the location and will go back there for sure. As usual everyone was so nice. We had fun, as did our dogs, but we did not qualify. Scott had Circe entered in Novice twice. The first time she did not find the rat, but did the tunnel and climb. The second time she found the rat, but did not do the tunnel. I had Valeska entered twice in Novice. She had a blast, and did the tunnel several times, but never found the rats. Scott took Vince into open for the first time. He was so bummed out from being stuck in the blind with a female in season he was not himself at all. The first time in the ring he did the climb, tunnel and found one rat. I'm pretty sure he did not know there was a second rat. The second time he just sulked around and did not really hunt. I'm sure he was only thinking of the cute poodle in standing season wearing pants. Even though our three flunked it was a GREAT day for our kennel! Sasha had her two girls there. Layla is out of Kermit and Solo, Lilu is out of Lance and Jadis. Both girls completed instinct with ease. Then the first time in Novice they were both awesome. Lilu ended up with 1st place (out of 28 dogs in her height class), Layla was in in 5th place time wise. Second round Lilu did not pass, but Layla did. I can tell Sasha is hooked. Rachel had Vince's son Trigger. He qualified both times (with a 3rd and 4th place) and finished his Novice title. He will get to be in open with Vince next weekend.
3/7/15 & 3/8/15 - Scott was entered in the Wonalancet Fun Run, which is 15 miles each day. The team was: Virgil, Diesel, Circe, Vince, Swift and Joker. They were so fast the first day they ended up in 3rd place on the heels of 2nd place. I felt so great about my team. Day 2 Jacob really wanted to race with daddy. This trail is run on part of the Sandwich Notch trail. It is a very technical race with lots of huge hills. Scott asked me what I thought (he knows I'm confident in his sled driving abilities). I told him that he would be 10 minutes slower with an extra 30 lbs, but he could still hold onto 3rd place. So off they went and Jacob had a blast (He told me he will run that race on his own when he is 5 years old, sigh.). They were 9 minutes slower (Do I know my dogs or what?), and held onto 3rd place. Jacob was very pleased to receive a trophy for daddy!
I'm looking forward to training up a race team next season. It has been too many years off. I'm blessed with some super dogs who are not getting any younger. I can only imagine how super awesome they could have been with proper training miles.
3/1/15 - My turn to race! I ran the Hill Fun Run, which is a 12 mile course. Jacob really wanted to race with mommy so I told him he could (even though 30 extra pounds can slow them down). My super awesome team was: Virgil, Diesel, Circe, Vince, Swift and Joker. They did great for a team with hardly any miles! We did the 12 miles in 1 hour! They loped for 9 miles, and then slowed to a trot for the rest of the run. We ended up in 6th place, right in the middle, but to give you an idea how close the times were I was 1 minute off of 3rd place! We were also faster than all of the teams in the 8 dog class. Jacob and I had a blast! This race finished Joker's SD title, making him our 30th dog to finish that title.
2/14/15 - Scott ran his favorite race, Sandwich Notch. He would have liked to have run the 45 mile class, but the dogs had no miles compared to normal, so he ran the 20 mile class. I'm so very proud of my dogs and husband. With only 100 miles on them TOTAL for the season (and no fall training) they finished the 20 miles in 1 hour and 49 mins taking 9th place (1st place was 1 hour and 32 mins...so a very close race overall). Lance came up lame 2 days before the race and I did not have time to see who could keep up with the team. We ended up borrowing Trouper from Sibersong Sled Dogs. Trouper is Circle's future boyfriend, and it was great for Scott to see him work. The rest of the team was: Virgil, Diesel, Vince, Swift and Joker. This race finished Swift's SDX title.
1/18/15 - We went to a Barn Hunt. Scott took Circe in Instinct. I'm proud to say she is figuring it out. She did the tunnel, climb and identified the rat. She was able to earn her Instinct title. Then Scott took Vince in novice and finished his title! Scott cannot wait to start him in Open (he will have to find 2 rats). I took Valeska in. She did everything, but I was slow. I went to call the rat just as the judge called time. So we did not qualify because of me. The judge told me she is an awesome worker, she got a lot of great compliments. I was proud of her since two weeks before she almost died of bloat and needed surgery. Then Rachel took in Trigger (Vince's son) and he is very good like his dad, and he earned his first Novice leg. The good news is we all had fun!
1/3/15 - We went to an obedience trial down in MA. First we watched Tyr (Joker's sibling) do Open A. He did not qualify, but you can see the potential is there. After some fine tuning he will be really good. Scott has been working Vince real hard, and they are ready for Novice B, but the trial was full. So we took Solo and Circle for Rally Obedience. Solo went first in Advanced. I asked to be excused. She was not focused on me at all, I think she just wanted Jacob and Lucas outside of the ring. I also think she is a bit hormonal having just finished her season. I took Circle in Novice. She was not awesome (she also just finished her season) but she did finish her title with 4th place!
12/6/14 - We went to the last Barn Hunt of the year. We found out that our dogs do not do well hunting in a loud indoor environment. It was being held inside a very loud boarding kennel. Most Siberians hunt with their ears, and it was impossible to even hear your own thoughts. We decided to try Circe (who loves to find chipmunks in our rock wall...not to kill, just to find). It was not a good first time experience for her. She did not qualify in any of the 3 classes. With some training, and a quieter environment, she might do fine. Valeska, who is normally so good at it, just had fun doing the tunnel and climb, she never found the rat in either class. Vince is noise sensitive, and hunts with his ears, so he was not that good either. He did Qualify in Instinct and earned that title. Vince also qualified in the second trial and earned his second novice leg.
11/8/14 - We each had a dog entered for a Barn Hunt trial down in MA. First I went into Instinct with Valeska. She was amazing again. Tunnel, climb and indicated the rat. Then I took her in Novice. It was her first time having to find a rat tube hidden in the hay. She did her climb first, then found the rat, and finished with the tunnel. So proud of her!! Then Vince went in Novice. He found the rat, did the tunnel, but ran out of time before doing the climb. So no leg for Vince. Valeska made the day great by taking FIRST place beating 13 dogs in her height class. Now we have to wait four weeks for the last trial of the year!
11/1/14 - We each had 2 dogs entered in Barn Hunt. First I went in Instinct with Circle. She does not have a lot of prey drive, but she identified the rat, and earned her title. Next I went in with Valeska. She was amazing. Valeska did the tunnel, then the climb and went right for the rat. Again she does not have prey drive, but she was certain it was the rat. She earned her Instinct title. Not bad for an old lady with 3 legs! And who says old dogs cannot learn new tricks? Then Scott took Solo in Instinct. Again no real prey drive, but indicated the rat, and finished her Instinct title. Lastly Scott took Vince in the Novice ring. We did tunnel practice and I was pleased that he went right in the tunnel, then did his climb and quickly located the hidden rat. He was AMAZING! That earned his first Novice leg. We were even more pleased to find out he earned FIRST place beating the 9 dogs in his height class. We cannot wait until the next trial this coming Saturday!
10/25/14 - Scott and Vince tried out a Barn Hunt Trial. Barn Hunt is a new sport, it only started a couple of years ago. For more info go to the Barn Hunt website. We are hooked! It is so much fun, and Vince had a great time. I entered him in the Instinct class, he identified the rat bedding instead of the rat, so he did not qualify. Then he was in the Novice class and he found and identified the rat within 20 seconds, and did the climb, but did not do the tunnel, so he did not qualify since you need to do all three things. Not bad for a dog (and handler) who had no idea what they were doing. This week we are going to practice the tunnel and do another trial this coming weekend. It is not a normal tunnel like you see in agility. It is a small tunnel made of hay bales, so it looks more like a dark cave. I do not blame him for not wanting to do it.
8/29/14 - I showed Circle in the Rally Novice class at the Amherst NH trial. She did well earning her second RN leg with a score of 94. It would have been a better score if I had worked her some. The last time we worked on obedience was back at the Yankee Specialty. So not a bad score for a rusty dog.
6/15/14 - I gave birth to our second son, Lucas Scott Alexander. He was 9 lbs 8 oz, and 20.5" long. He is a great baby!
5/30/14 - We entered Sheldon and Circle at the Yankee Siberian Husky Specialty Show. Sheldon had just turned 6 months old and we entered him three times for one day. He showed great. He took 2nd place in the 6-9 puppy sweeps class. Then he took 1st place in the 6-9 regular class at the first show. I thought he looked great in the line up with the other 1st place class dogs. Then in the second show he took 2nd place again. He sure loves to show! Circle only got one chance in the ring. She took 1st place in Rally Novice with a score of 98! So proud of her!
We will not be doing any shows until after baby Lucas is born and things settle down. Next show plans will be to finish Circle's Rally Novice title.
5/4/14 - We went to the Lakes Region Kennel Club Match. It is a fun match, and it is also our kennel club. Scott showed Sheldon in 3-6 month puppy. He won best working puppy, and was a contender for Best In Match. I showed Circle in Rally Novice B, we took first place with a score of 99.
3/23/14 - Scott ran in the 8-10 dog class at the Hill Fun Run. The dogs had not been out in 3 weeks since we stopped doing tours. Again, not expecting much out of them. We were hoping for a 2nd place finish, and he was able to do that. The team was: Virgil, Solo, Diesel, Circe, Carrigan, Charger, Vince and Joker.
That is the end
of the season for us. Overall we were most proud of: Virgil being a
super leader. Diesel for his drive. Solo for leading a lot this season,
and being awesome at it. Circe for being perfect. Carrigan for showing
us she is an amazing yearling. Charger for being an "A" string dog.
Vince for being perfect Vince, and leading a lot for tours. Joker for
being hard driving and always reliable. Sadly Lance was not able to
complete the season due to a kennel injury. Fingers crossed that he will
be able to run again in the future. Next year we plan to take turns
racing and doing all of the mid-distance races in NH. Taking turns will
make it easier with us having 2 young children.
2/22/14 - Scott ran in the 4-6 dog class at the Wonalancet Fun Run. The dogs have not seen many miles (since I became pregnant), so we were not expecting much, they have only been on the trail to do tours on the weekends, and had not done over 10 miles in one day. They ended up with 3rd place (which is what he was aiming for given the competition) so we were proud. His team was: Virgil, Diesel, Solo, Charger, Vince and Joker.
9/18/13 - My mom came over to hang with Jacob while I did some much needed updates on the website. We are getting ready for the season and plan to start training the first of October. We will have 12 awesome dogs in harness. We plan on racing some local races this year. We have started booking tours, so be sure to check out the Mush Mellow Adventures, LLC website to see the available tour dates. We also just bred and exciting litter, check the planned litters page for more information.
8/30/13 & 8/31/13 - We took Diesel to the Amherst show and he finished his Rally Novice title. He did great with scores in the 90's both days!
5/31/13 - We took Charger, Diesel and Carrigan to the Yankee Siberian Husky Specialty Show. Scott took Charger (who looks AWESOME) in Bred-By Exhibitor. The judge did not like his type (and it took him too long to calm down and move nice) so he got dumped with 4th place. I ended up pulling Carrigan's entry since she looks like a working dog, and the judge liked them short and stocky. Diesel saved the day with 2nd place in Rally Novice earning his first RN leg. I should mention that he has not been worked in about 11 months...so 2nd place out of 5 dogs was nice.
4/3/13 - My mom came again to watch Jacob while I finished web updates. I finally added the two puppies! I also did new pics of Charger. Sadly we lost both Ben & Kyia recently, so I moved them to the past Siberians page.
3/20/13 - My mom came and watched Jacob for several hours while I worked on updates. I updated many pages, added Diesel & race photos. I still need to find the time to take pics of my 9 month old pups and make pages for them.
3/15/13 - Sorry that I have not done any web updates! The days fly by when you have to take care of this many dogs, a baby, and do tours. I just finished off my tour season. I promise to do some much needed website updates! I also need to take new pictures of the dogs. For now keep an eye on the puppy updates, and stay tuned for other updates.
3/2/13 - My turn to race! I ran: Diesel, Virgil, Circe, Solo, Joker & Lance at the Hill Race (12 miles). It was a large entry. I did not expect the dogs to do that well since they hate to go fast at Hill, and they had raced the day before and done a tour. I took 6th place out of 16 teams. Fastest team that had raced the day before. Then I ran my 3 puppies in the Puppy & Old Dog class. I made a mistake and put Herbie in lead at the last minute. I had been running the girls in lead. He did not know what to do, so we ended up finishing in the middle with 4th place. Then Jacob ran the 1 dog junior with Diesel & flew into the finish with 1st place.
3/1/13 - Finally a race! All of the races we had planned were canceled due to lack of snow to this point. I was so sad since I had worked hard to train 12 dogs this year, and we knew they were all awesome. Scott ran the 6 dog class in the Wonalancet Race (15 miles). He took 1st place (second place was 11 minutes behind him). We were so proud of the dogs! They flew into the finish line and had a lot of steam left in them. The team was: Diesel, Virgil, Circe, Vince, Charlie & Lance. All of the dogs did great. We were proud of Charlie since it was his first race. After the race the same dogs went and did a 10 mile tour.
10/17/12 - A small tumor appeared on Valeska's right wrist at the end of July. I brought her into my vet who said it was not bone cancer, but it was not a tumor he would be able to remove. It was attached to her nerves and ligaments, she would have to see a surgeon to have it removed. He told me since it was small we could watch it for a while to see what it did. By the beginning of October it had doubled in size, so I took her to see the surgeon. We had it tested and the lab said it was a nerve sheath tumor. If there is a good cancer to get this is one of them because it is a localized growth which does not spread. The bad news was that because it was on her wrist the tumor could not be fully removed, so over time it would come back. The tumor cannot be removed a second time because of the location and lack of skin. We could have left the tumor BUT if she was ever to catch it on something and it opened up the tumor would never be able to heal. Our option was to wait for Valeska to do something that would open up the tumor and then have her leg amputated, or have her leg amputated now. I know how active she is, and it would have only been time before she damaged it somehow. My worry was that she would either be 14 years old and not able to handle the surgery, or she would do it in the winter when footing was bad. So we opted to have the surgery done now. The surgeon said she would not call Valeska elderly even though that is what she calls other 12 year old Siberian Huskies. She said she is in amazing shape, her blood work came back perfect, her heart sounds like a heart of an athlete, and her chest x-ray was clear. The surgery went well. Valeska came home the very next day. The first thing she did was check to make sure her toys were untouched by Circe, then she jumped onto our bed all by herself.
8/24/12 - Jacob Marc Alexander was born via emergency c-section. Our new little kennel help was 9 lbs 1 oz and 18 inches long.
8/5/12 - I showed Charger in Rally Novice at the Keene all breed show. He took second place in Novice B and finished his title. I'm sure it was funny to watch me show him since I'm now 9 months pregnant.
5/17/12 & 5/18/12 - I decided to enter Vale at a show in Maine. She looked really pretty when I sent in the entry, then she blew her coat right before the show, which made her look like a racing dog. I showed her both days in Bred-By and I was very pleased with how she showed. I'm looking forward to showing her again once she is back in coat! Lori came with me and showed her puppy Gonzo (Zelda's brother, Vale's son). I see a lot of potential in him for the future! He is very handsome, and when not acting like a puppy he moves very nice. The most we did over the two days was Gonzo taking Reserve Winners Dog both days.
3/10/12 - All of our races were canceled for the past month. The dogs hardly got out training because it was hard for me to train both teams. I hit the second trimester of my pregnancy and I feel a lot better now. We decided to go run the Stratford race even though the dogs had not been out in a couple of weeks, and we knew they would not do well. We started at a different location of the trail and did 17.5 miles of hilly trails. I felt really bad for our dogs who had only seen 15 miles twice and nothing more than that. Scott's team was: Circe, Virgil, Vince, Lance, Homer & Beaver. Scott did not really race them since they had not been out. We spent a ton of time running together and just enjoying the trail. I put a lot of thought into who would be the best team for me. I wanted to stay safe, and knew that part of the trail was a bit challenging. I wanted dogs that would pull me no matter what since I would not able to help them at all. I went with: Jadis, Vale, Solo, Charger, Kermit & Joker. Jadis is not a fast leader, but she has a great brain and would keep me safe. Vale is an amazing leader who would keep Jadis going at the best speed she could. I went back and forth with either Solo or Mannie. The power of Mannie would have been great, but I loved the idea of a backup leader if Jadis gave me grief. Solo is a powerful little dog who really worked her butt off and I was glad I took her. I wanted to give Charger a chance since he is a great dog (and I promised Lucas to another team as a leader). Kermit is a mommas boy and always gives me 100% and is very powerful. Joker, another mommas boy, I knew would give me more than he would give Scott. All in all I thought it was the perfect team. Jadis did look back about 4 times wondering when I had become a lazy lump, but the other 5 never questioned me. We never went fast, but they pulled me up the hills like the amazing dogs they are. I was proud of both teams, and we did not finish last! I loaned Bobby Bain Lucas & Nova. He did have trouble with his team not pulling him up the hills, but I think that was just the team in general. Hopefully my two did not slack off too much. The next day Scott helped me fit in 3 tours (but we went out 6 times), and that ended our season. The dogs had about 1/4 of the miles they normally do, and I did about 1/8 of the tours that I had done the season before. I'm hoping for great snow for next season. I'm planning on weekend only tours (so my parents or Scott can baby sit), and we will do some local races. Scott and I will take turns racing until Baby Alexander grows up a little.
2/4/12 - What a slow start to the season! So many races have been canceled thanks to the lack of snow and all the ice. I have not been able to do any tours because of the conditions. Luckily Wonalancet had really nice snow conditions, and we entered a team for Scott to run in that race. Our poor dogs had not been out in 3 weeks, and we figured they would do terrible. We decided to only enter 1 team since it is a very difficult trail, and I'm pregnant. We decided to give Joker a shot on the A team, which meant leaving off Beaver or Homer. Scott's team was: Circe, Virgil, Vince, Joker, Mannie and Lance. We saw that Joker is not ready to be on the A team when it is a 6 dog team, and will need some more time to mature. Scott was sad he did not have Beaver or Homer so we will not leave them off for the future until we know for sure Joker is ready. Scott said he star of the team was Baby Lance! Scott ended up with 3rd place out of 10 teams, not bad for dogs who had not been out in 3 weeks. Scott said that he cannot remember the last time he went that slow in a 15 mile race. HOPEFULLY we can get them out a bit more before Sandwich Notch, if it does happen. It means a lot of driving to trails that have snow.
10/25/11 - 10/29/11 - We went to the Siberian Husky Club Of America's National Specialty show. The first day, Tuesday, Scott showed Valeska in Rally Excellent. Valeska was great, and they took first place and finished her new title. She even sat still on the honor when the other dog ran around the ring and sniffed her, then she repeated the honor class for the next dog. What a good girl! I took Varitek in Rally Advanced again. This time he did half the course, then walked around the ring barking because he was bored. It could have been worse four dogs in his class ran out of the ring, I'm glad he stayed in the ring! Then I took Charger in Rally Novice, and he got his second leg. Varitek's brother Hunter was there and he finished his Rally Novice title! That night I was on the panel for the breeders education. I started off nervous with all those people looking at me, but then I relaxed. I made everyone laugh a couple of times, so I think I did my job well. Wednesday started with Valeska in regular obedience. Once again she came before called on the recall. I guess we need to work on that. Liberty Belle, who is sibling to Lucas, finished her Beginner Novice title. Scott took Charger in 12-15 month sweeps. I thought that Charger looked great, but he did not make the cut. Then Scott took Ben in the regular veteran class. I thought they looked great, and Ben took 4th place (there was a bunch of nice champions in that class). I took Valeska in the Sled Dog Outstanding class, and she was the only one so we won that class, hahahahaha! Thursday started with Ember & Ben in veteran sweeps. The judge looked at Ember and said "Oh he looks like a puppy!" but she seemed to hate him...and Ben. Neither boy made the cut. Then I took Valeska in for veteran sweeps and the judge said "Wow, she really looks like a puppy!" and we took second place. Scott took Charger in for the regular 12-18 month class. They did not make the cut. Then I took Varitek in a huge Bred-By class, and we did not make the cut either. Somehow I ended up not having anything on Friday! We stayed home so I could run dogs. Saturday we went back for breed. Ember was a dink, and we did not make the cut. Then that judge seemed to hate Valeska for Breed, and did not even look at her. At the end of the long day Valeska went back in for Best Sled Dog, but she did not win. All in all we had a good National. We took home a lot more ribbons than some other folks.
10/23/11 - Scott and I went to the YSHC Specialty Show. We took Valeska, Varitek & Charger. Valeska went in Rally Excellent with Scott and got her second RE leg and 1st place. Then I took Varitek in Rally Advanced, we had finished only one exercise when he went over to say hi to the judge, when she ignored him he calmly walked out of the ring to look for someone more fun. hahahahahaha! Then I took Charger in Rally Novice and he got his first leg. Then I took Valeska in regular obedience, but came before called on the recall. Then I took Varitek in Bred-By and did not make the cut. All of that was within 1.5 hours, we were a little stressed running all around. Valeska & I went into breed since she won her Sled Dog Outstanding class (she was the only one in her class, all the other sled dogs were non-degreed). I was proud of Valeska because she took Best Sled Dog :-) It was a great day.
Summer 2011 - For those of you who do not know Ali passed away May 23, 2011. She has been a huge part of our life since she was a baby. Ali always helped me with the dogs. She did a lot of racing, training and showing with us. Ali would work beside me in the kennel for hours at a time. The dogs were a huge part of her life. Since she died I have had trouble enjoying the dogs like I normally do. I have not been able to enter any shows. I have not trained anyone in obedience. I make money in the summer by doing photo shoots with the dogs and teaching dog classes. I have not done either of those things. It is time for me to get back on my feet and think about the dogs.
3/20/11 - I cannot believe the race season is over! Last time I checked it was Christmas Day! Scott ran a team in the Groveton Season Ender race. We had entered 2 teams in the 6 dog 30 mile class at Jefferson, but the race had to be canceled because loggers plowed a section of the trail. North Country Mushers did not want to give up, they were able to throw together a race in Groveton just a week later (great job guys). We had to bump down to one team because it was an 8 dog class, and at this point I do not have an 8 dog team that can do 27 miles. Scott ran: Circe, Virgil, Vale, Vince, Mannie, Lance, Homer & Beaver. We were not expecting much from them since they had to do a tour the day before. The dogs wanted to go out with a bang! They finished in 5th place and ended up fastest purebred. So proud of them!!
3/5/11 - We ran a local 17 mile race called To The Dam & Back. Because I am familiar with the trail I wanted to run Scott's team. I ran: Circe, Virgil, Mannie, Lance, Homer & Beaver and Ali ran: Vale, Vince, Lucas, Varitek, Mark & Kermit. Our friend Maureen Marcoux of Kryska Siberians borrowed Joker for her team. 1st - 4th place were all within 2 minutes of each other. I took 4th place (10 seconds behind 3rd place) and Ali took 5th place. Scott skijored for fun with Solo & Valeska. We all had a great time!!
2/27/11 - We ran three teams at the Wonalancet Fun Run. We all had a great time! The trail received a foot of snow on Friday, and they worked hard to get the trail packed down. Then the morning of the race 4 inches of fresh powder had fallen. It made the trail perfect and beautiful! Scott ran: Circe, Virgil, Mannie, Lance, Homer & Beaver. His team did great! They ran as best as they could, everything went well. They finished in 2nd place only 2 minutes after a really fast Siberian team. I ran: Vale, Vince, Solo, Lucas, Varitek, & Kermit. Solo was in standing season, so Vince had some trouble running lead, about 3 miles into the race I moved him back and put Solo in lead. They did very well, I was so proud of how well Vale took her commands. I used my new helmet cam, and I think Scott was annoyed at how much I used my drag during the race....so it is safe to say once again I held them back. We finished in 5th place. Somehow I must find the courage to not use my drag so much! Ali ran: Valeska, Jadis, Joker, Ember & Mark. She was pleased with the team, but Joker & Ember did tire during the race (they do not have as many miles as the rest of the team). They finished in 6th place. We finished Sled Dog Excellent titles on: Vince, Virgil, Solo and Lance. Check back for the links to our videos!
2/19/11 - Sandwich
Notch! Scott's favorite race! Scott was entered in the 8 dog 45 miles
class, and I was entered in the 6 dog 20 mile class. I admit that I had
not slept well the two nights before the race, and I developed an eye
twitch for those same two days. I knew how fast conditions were, and I was
afraid of dying during the race. Scott did not care and was ready to go!
Valeska was wonderful for me. She wanted to go faster than 6 mph for the
first tricky mile, but she stayed slow since I was standing on my drag mat
and brake. Then when I hit a tree she stopped on a dime, and I did not
fall over. She also stayed and kept the team lined out while I helped the
volunteers with a team who had lost their driver. I was pleased that we
finished in the middle of the pack, 10th out of 20 teams, we were just
under 2 hours. The dogs could have been faster, but their driver held them
back. My team was: Valeska, Jadis,
Solo, Lucas, Varitek, & Kermit
2/5/11 - We went to the 100 Mile Wilderness race in Greenville, ME. We had two teams entered in the 8 dog 30 miles class. I was supposed to borrow Ellsbury again, but he was sore from a race the weekend before. That left me with a 7 dog team, and believe me you feel it when you are down a dog. The Thursday before the race Mannie tried to breed Hailee even though she was not in season, and she bit him. Then his muscle became infected (which can be really scary). So Mannie was off Scott's team. Nothing like loosing the most consistent dog off his team! That meant Scott was down to 7 dogs, and we knew he would not place that high. I had trouble at the race start since I was the first 30 mile team out and a bunch of spectators were blocking the trail. My dogs took a snow mobile track that was not packed. They broke trail, snow up over their backs, for two miles. Scott was able to call them back onto the real trail which was nice. I think that really took the spunk out of them for a while. Silly dogs! All in all we did well with only having 7 dogs. I had said I would be able to beat 3 teams and I beat 4 teams. Scott ended up in 10th place (if you asked us before Mannie was bit he was aiming for 5th or 6th, after he was bit he aimed for 9th or 10th). Scott's team was: Circe, Virgil, Solo, Vince, Lance, Homer & Beaver. My team was: Valeska, Vale, Jadis, Lucas, Varitek, Mark & Kermit.
1/22/11 & 1/23/11 - Scott and I each ran a team in the Stratford Nighthawks Sled Dog Race. The trail was amazing, the trail help did a wonderful job! We planned on using the race as a training day. Our dogs have seen many 20 mile runs, but nothing over that thanks to mother nature. Normally by this point in the season we would have had a lot more longer runs. All the teams that were entered were good teams. I knew that my team would not place well against that group with my lack of longer runs. Scott's team did great finishing the 30 miles with the same time each day, and under 3 hours. He ran: Circe, Virgil, Solo, Vince, Mannie, Lance, Homer & Beaver. My team on day one was: Valeska, Vale, Jadis, Lucas, Varitek, Mark & Kermit. I also borrowed a dog named Ellsbury from Kathy L. of Ka-Bi Siberians. My team did great for 20 miles, and I was ahead of two teams, but then Vale started showing signs of being sore. Only 5 miles into the race Vale was hit with a snow machine. So on I had to put Jadis in lead for the last 10 miles on Saturday. Sunday I did a bunch of leader changes, but settled with Mark. Vale was very sad that I did not take her on the trail Sunday!! We finished the requirements for Sled Dog Outstanding titles on Circe and Beaver! A huge accomplishment for dogs who are only 4.5 years old. Lucas and Homer finished their Sled Dog Excellent titles.
1/15/11 & 1/16/11 - Finally a race!! We were entered in a 30 mile race in Northern Maine, but it was canceled because they did not have enough snow. We decided to go to the Bristol Falls Fun Run which was only 15 minutes away from our house. We entered all three teams in the 6 dog class. Ali went out first with her team: Ember, Jadis, Kyia, Varitek, Mark & Viktor. Then I went out with: Valeska, Vale, Solo, Lucas, Vince & Kermit. Scott started at the end with: Circe, Virgil, Mannie, Lance, Homer & Beaver. On day two Ali left off Kyia & Viktor and ran 4 dogs in the 6 dog class. Scott placed 3rd, I was 5th & Ali was 8th out of 11 teams. I hope the dogs have more spunk for the next race! They were not happy to be racing at a location where we do a lot of tours.
11/27/10 & 11/28/10 - We took Varitek & Joker to shows in West Springfield, MA. I showed Varitek in the Bred By class on Saturday and we took 3rd (he acted like a bozo). Scott took Joker in Rally Novice and they earned his 2nd leg. Sunday I showed Varitek again and he ended up taking Reserve Winners Dog. Scott showed Joker and they finished his Rally Novice title. We are proud of our little guy!
11/21/10 - We took Valeska, Charger, Nova, Joker & Solo to a fund raiser for the Sandwich Notch Sled Dog Race. The dogs were so well behaved and they were loved by all. I did a talk and the people seemed to enjoy themselves. Now we just need snow so we can run races!
10/15/10 - We took Valeska and Joker to the Souhegan Kennel Club obedience trial. Joker, who is only 6 month old, got his first Rally Novice leg and placed 4th (they almost had 2nd place, but Scott had to redo the last exercise). I showed Valeska in regular obedience, but she was not focused, and she did not qualify.
9/18/10 - We had our Siberian Husky summer party. Over 30 people attended. I think fun was had by all. We ate, socialized, took pictures, played with puppies, played with the big dogs, some people bought gear from Maureen and we went on a hike. It was a busy and tiring day, but well worth it.
9/11/10 & 9/12/10 - We went to the Carroll County Kennel Club dog show in North Conway. On Saturday I showed Varitek in Bred-By Exhibitor and he took 2nd place to Deb's dog Josh (Ben's son). Josh went Winners Dog for 1 point, and we were happy for them. Scott showed Vale in Rally Advanced and not a single dog in her class qualified. It was too windy and Vale was not focused at all. Whatleigh & Emma met us at the show and W showed Bodhi in Am-Bred and also in Rally Novice to finish his title. So it was a good day!! On Sunday Varitek beat Josh in Bred-By and he ended up going Reserve Winners Dog. He is getting close to winning I know it, I just need to be patient because he so young. I could not get him to move as nice as he does at classes. Scott showed Vale in Rally Advanced again, she was fine until the solid jump (which she had never done before) and she ran around the jump a couple of times instead of going over, another NQ. Vale just needs more work, and indoor shows, before she hits the ring again. She is active like her mother, which makes her a wonderful leader :-)
8/28/10 & 8/29/10 - Scott &
I are members of the Lakes Region Kennel Club. We have been helping them
plan the Obedience & Rally trial for a while now. It was three trials in
two days. My original dream was to enter Valeska in Rally Advanced &
Novice B with hopes of finishing those two titles she is working on. Then
Valeska came into season real late, and I knew that dream was not going to
happen. The trial was about to close and I decided I just had to enter an
dog and then train him or her. So off went my entry for
Beaver in Rally
Novice, and I had three weeks to train him at home. Week one I was
wondering what the heck I had done. Week two was not as bad, and week
three was pretty good. So I went to the trial hoping he would not
embarrass me. I also entered Varitek in two of the trials with hopes of
finishing his RN title. I wanted to enter someone for Scott, and at the
time I did not think Vale was ready for Rally Advanced, so I entered
in the new Beginner Novice class. Poor Scott. When Rally was new, and
nobody knew much about it, I entered him with Bear. He walked into the
ring not having a clue what it was about and got a high score for
first leg. Once again Scott had to walk into the ring and not know what
the class was about, good thing he loves me.
8/11/10 - We have set a date for our Siberian Husky Party!! The party will be here Saturday, September 18th @ 1:00. If you have a Siberian Husky from us, and you would like to join us please e-mail me.
8/8/10 - Scott & I took Varitek to the Keene, NH show. I showed Tek in Rally Novice, he got his first leg of his title, and he also took 4th place in his class. It ended up being too much for him to show in Rally & Breed in one day, we do it all the time with dogs, but usually older dogs. He did not show that well in the breed ring and he took Reserve Winners Dog. I hope to finish his RN title at an obedience trial at the end of the month. I will take him to some more breed shows in September. We were still proud of him! He got many compliments on how handsome he is.
7/21/10 - I took Valeska to an Ann Taylor photo shoot in Lake Placid.
7/16/10 - Scott took Valeska to a Ralph Lauren photo shoot in NYC.
6/22/10 - I took Valeska to a Ralph Lauren photo shoot in NJ.
6/16/10 - I took Ember to a Ralph Lauren photo shoot in NJ.
6/4/10 - Scott & I had a busy day at our Yankee Siberian Husky Specialty Show. I entered Valeska, Ben, Ember & Varitek in several classes. We picked up my friend Debbie & Josh (Ben's son) the morning of the show. I started off the morning showing Varitek in 9-12 puppy sweeps. I did not expect him to do much since he is doing weird things with his coat, but I wanted to bring him for the experience. I thought he showed real well, and he took 3rd place (out of 3). Then we showed Ben and Ember in 8-10 veteran sweeps. Scott and Ben took 1st place and Ember took 4th place. Ben could not beat Rocky (a ranking show dog) for Best In Sweeps. Next I took Valeska into the regular obedience Novice B ring. She started off sniffing and not being herself, so I did not expect much. I was surprised that she came before being called on the recall, and that she popped up on the long down when I returned (two things she has never done), so we did not qualify. Lucas's sister Liberty Bell was there and she took 1st place in the Pre-Novice class. Next I took Varitek into the regular 9-12 puppy class, same results as before. I know he will look nice once he picks what color he wants to be, some folks thought he might be a piebald within a normal coat (his brother is a piebald). Deb took Josh into Bred By and they took second place, it was the largest dog class, so that was better than not getting any ribbon. Then Rally Excellent and Sled Dog ended up being at the same time. Normally Scott would show Ben, but Valeska is his Rally dog. Scott took Valeska into the ring while I was in the next ring showing Ben. Valeska stopped working halfway through her course and just stared at me in the next ring. It took everything Scott had to get her to work for him again, I know she thought about leaving him and joining me in the next ring. Valeska ended up getting her first Rally Excellent legs, and 1st place. I then had to take Varitek into the Rally Novice B ring. I was worried that he might not behave, since he is only 10 months old, and nervous that I would miss taking Valeska into the next ring over. I ended up holding onto his leash with both hands, and without knowing it at the time, never gave him any slack in the leash. We ended up not qualifying. I feel bad for him because he did wonderful and should have gotten a leg with a high placing ribbon, but I was the one who wronged him. I rushed out of that ring and into Bred By with Valeska, and we did not place. I thought she showed well, and the judge told me she was a real nice dog. After Winners Bitch I took Valeska in for Sled Bitch, and she did win that class, but because she was beat in BBE she was not eligible for Breed. Scott showed Ben and I showed Ember in the Best Of Breed class, neither dog did anything, although she did praise both dogs. We ended off the day by taking Ben & Valeska in for Best Sled Dog which Ben won. It was a hectic, but fun day.
5/21/10 - I entered Valeska & Varitek at a show in Maine. Thursday I spent 2 hours grooming Varitek. He has finally started to get rid of the puppy fuzz on his butt and shoulders, but the adult fur is 10 times darker than the rest of him. I almost cried because he looks so stupid. Needless to say I left Tek home and took just Valeska to the show. Valeska showed well for her active self. She won her class, took Winners Bitch, Best of Winners and Best Bred By. I was very proud of her!
5/1/10 - I had pre-entered Valeska, Vince & Varitek for the Lakes Region Kennel Club Match hoping that Scott would be able to go with me, but Scott was called away for work. It is our local Kennel Club, and we wanted to support them with an entry, and be there to help out. I still took all three dogs, but I was not able to show Vince in breed because I was alone. I took Valeska in Novice B to get her ready for our upcoming specialty. I think she is coming into season, because she peed during the on lead handling, which gave us a zero. Her off lead heeling was really nice :-) She did a great job on her sits & downs too. She was entered in Rally Excellent, but I did not take her in. She does Rally with Scott, I do regular obedience with her. In Rally you are allowed to talk to your dog the whole time, it is not the same in regular obedience. I did not want her to get used to me talking to her in the ring, it would just set us back. Vince was entered in Pre-Novice, and Scott was supposed to take him in. I was going to do it with him, but I could not get him to listen to me outside of the ring for the stand or the recall. The judge told me to take Valeska back in. I think Valeska was a little insulted, but it was good practice for her. She took 2nd place and I think her score was 195. She did not do her finish for some reason, and that bumped us out of 1st place. Then I took Varitek in Rally Novice B. It was really really distracting for him. I am sure people got a chuckle outside of the ring, but I know he is only 9 months old. He did end up with 3rd place, and I will not say his embarrassing score. Then I rushed him over to the breed ring. He was the only Siberian since I had to pull Vince's entry. We went back in for the puppy working group. I knew the judge was a Rottie breeder, and I figured she would pick either the Rottie or the Dobbie. In my mind I was thinking "Boy, he feels like he is showing really well!" and then she pointed at me to say Tek had won the puppy group. Then we had to go back in against the winners of each group. I thought he showed well, but we did not win Best Puppy In Match, a really nice Bearded Collie won. After we broke down the match we had our meeting. By the time I got home I was pooped!
4/21/10 - I just updated new pictures for each dog. It was a lot of baths & patience. Please enjoy!
4/16/10 - Scott & I took Vince to NYC to do a photo shoot for International Harper's Bazaar. Vince was amazing. He took to the city just fine. He worked the set like he had been doing it his whole life. They blew leaves & glitter at him with a loud fan, and had two smoke machines going. He had to stand stay 3 different times each time for 10 minutes. We are SO proud!!
4/10/10 & 4/11/10 - Scott & I went to a dog show in West Springfield, MA. Scott showed Vince in Rally Advanced. Saturday they earned Vince's 2nd RA leg & Sunday they finished his title!! We are so proud of Vince who is not even 2 years old yet! Saturday I showed Varitek in the 6-9 month puppy class. He was the only one in his class, so he took first. Sunday Varitek was in the 9-12 month class. We did not expect him to do much since he was acting a little shy, he took 3rd place. The plan is to fine tune Tek in Rally Novice to finish that title this summer, and I will show him in some small outdoor shows over the summer. Hopefully after the summer he will be ready to do some winning and will start picking up some points! He still has two spots on him that does not have adult guard hairs, I am hoping that some adult hair will come in soon!!
4/1/10 & 4/2/10 - Varitek & I went to Syracuse, NY with our friends Oggi (a French Bulldog) & Sue. It was the first time both boys had been to a dog show. Tek surprised me because he was nervous when he went into the ring both days. I think he must be in some weird stage because he has never been nervous in his life, and he loves handling class. I think he still had a good time though. He won a nice dream catcher the first day. He was the only dog in his 6-9 month class, so he took first place both days, and he did not do anything when he went back in for Winners. The main goal of the trip was to get the boys used to dog shows. I found out that Varitek is wonderful indoors. He just chilled in the hotel room, and told me when he needed to go out by standing at the door. He is such an awesome puppy!!
3/28/10 - I showed Varitek at the Souhegan Kennel Club match in Amherst, NH. I had wanted to get him some ring experience before his first show. Tek was great! He took Best Of Breed puppy & then he won the Working Group. When it was time to go back in for Best In Match he was done, and he did not show very well. I was proud of how he did. After the match I let him run around the dog park & get all muddy. Click here to see some photos.
3/21/10 - Scott & I went to the Charles River Training Club Rally Trial in Franklin, MA. Scott took Circe in Rally Advanced and finished her title! They got a score of 91, I thought she did really well. Then Scott took Vince in the same class and they got his first Advanced leg. He was a little sensitive since a very big dog went after him, hopefully he will get over that quickly. We had to leave right away because Scott got called to work. After that we took the dogs to Petco, and also got them some ice cream. Click here to see the photos.
3/6/10 - Things have been crazy. I had to make a separate page with all of the info. Click here to read about the Can-Am and other things.
2/25/10 - Stratford has been canceled. There is a sprint race this weekend, but our dogs have been doing runs of 18+ miles each time they go out, it does not make sense to do a sprint race at this point. I also found out that the Bear Notch race is not going to happen. At this point we only have the Can-Am on our schedule, but we are hoping another race might pop up.
1/17/10 - Sandwich has been canceled :-( We were thinking of heading to New York to do the Mannsville Quest, but only 2 other teams were entered. Scott's brother was visiting from North Carolina, so we decided to visit with him instead.
2/5/10 - We went to Greenville Maine to run another 30 mile race. The community worked hard to put on this race after most of the trails were destroyed by rain. I was very pleased with how nice the trail was! We left Jadis home and we had decent runs, they were not super fast, but they were much better than the weekend before. Scott ran: Circe, Lance, Bobbi, Mannie, Mark, Viktor, Homer & Beaver. I ran: Valeska, Vale, Solo, Eve, Lucas, Vince, Virgil, & Kermit. We finished SD titles on Lance, Vale, Solo, Vince & Virgil, and Viktor finished his SDO title. We are tired from racing 5 weekends in a row. Scott's Valentines Day gift is that we are not racing next weekend.
1/30/10 - We went to Brownville Maine to run a 30 mile race. Friday night we drove up and stayed with Gary & Joan Chapman at Critterwoods. Joan made a wonderful dinner and we stayed up too late talking. Saturday AM we drove over to the race. We were not happy to see how hard the trail was, but the trails are all in bad shape after getting a rain storm Monday. The race was well run, and they had a winter carnival going on at the same time. Our dogs had not been on the trail in a week because I could not find a safe trail in time to train before the race. We did not expect to have an awesome run because they had not been out in a week. What we did not expect was for Lance to breed Jadis (we did not know she was in season, she was not due until March), and then all of the boys going crazy. Scott's team shut down because of it. He made at least 12 leader combo changes. Nothing worked. He ended up with Jadis & Circe in lead and he followed me to the finish line. Scott ran: Circe, Lance, Jadis, Bobbi, Mannie, Mark, Viktor, Homer & Beaver. I ran: Valeska, Vale, Solo, Eve, Lucas, Vince, Virgil, & Kermit. We ran in the open class against 10 &12 dog teams. Kermit finished his SDX title. Next week will be better! Jadis will be staying home!
1/23/10 - We went to the Wonalancet Fun Run here in NH. It was so nice to be able to race locally! Marsha, as usual, did a wonderful job putting on the race. The trail was well marked, and she had tons of help out there. Scott and I went into this race with the mind set that we were not going to race, we were using it as a training run. Scott knew that he would have second place even if he did not try, and I did not really mind where I placed. Last weekend was a difficult trail, and we have more 30 mile races coming up, it was important that the young dogs have fun. Scott ran: Circe, Lance, Jadis, Mannie, Mark, Lucas, Homer & Beaver in the 8 dog class. He was trying to let Lance finish the race in lead, but eventually put Jadis up there with Circe. It was the first race where Circe took each and every command with confidence, which makes us very happy. I'm not sure if Lance was being sensitive because Circe is in standing season, or if he was stressed from last weekend, but Jadis got the job done. I ran: Valeska, Vale, Solo, Vince, Virgil, & Kermit in the 6 dog class. They took off very fast and I flipped my sled right out of the start, I'm a bit bummed because I had made it pretty far into the season without falling off my runners (don't forget I train both teams alone). We then headed into the woods and found out that the trail was extremely fast. Valeska gees over so much that I was fighting to keep the sled from hitting trees for miles. I did end up hitting a tree with my right shoulder though, Ouch. after hitting my shoulder my guys chased Kim Berg's team, and I ended up taking a right turn too tight which made me hit a stop sign and go over a snow bank. Shortly after that I decided I had enough, I stopped the team and let Kim go ahead, then I ran the trail at a slower pace. I caught up with Lidia at 10 miles and we had a nice run together right into the finish. My team finished in 5th place (out of 12 teams), not bad for not trying, I never even ran up a single hill. Vale did seem a bit down, and I'm not sure if she was worried it would be like last weekend, or if it was because she is in standing season. I did not take her out of lead, and she made it to the finish line where she perked up. Scott & I both agreed that the trail did not seem as hilly as it has in the past. I don't think any trail, we have raced in the past, will feel hilly after running the Eagle Lake 30.
1/16/10 - We went to Eagle Lake Maine to run a 30 mile race. That area always has the best Hound/Alaskan teams in New England. We went to the race knowing that the competition would be tough. I told Scott our goal was to be in the top ten. We had spent days trying to decide who to drop off the teams to bring it down to 6 dog teams. In the past it has always been easy to leave home a lesser dog. This year we have two near perfect 8 dog teams, so it is really really hard to leave dogs home. For Scott's team we decided to leave Viktor off the team. His muscle was bothering him during training on Wednesday, so I figured a day off would be good for him. Mind you it is really really hard for us to leave him home, we just want him to be back to normal again. After much discussion we decided to leave Mark home and let Homer race. Mark is the type of dog who can miss 30 miles and be fine, Homer needs each and every run. For my team I decided that I wanted to give all of the Valeska pups & Solo a chance at a 30, I also needed Lucas for a backup leader. I decided to leave Eve & Kermit home. I cannot even begin to tell you how hard it was to leave without Mark & Kermit. Scott's final team was: Circe, Lance, Jadis, Mannie, Homer & Beaver. My team was: Valeska, Vale, Solo, Lucas, Vince & Virgil. Our friend Jaye's truck broke down a couple of days before the race. Jaye was entered in the 100 mile race, and I could not let her stay home. Friday am we stuffed 21 dogs, a ton of gear/supplies, and the three of us, into my truck for the very long drive to Eagle Lake. Saturday am my team took off 2 minutes before Scott's team. The first part of the trail was 1.5 miles of plowed, sanded road...so much for my new runners. Scott tried to spare his new plastic and ran for half of the start. He caught me as we turned into the woods. We ran together, and with other teams, for 20 miles. Then my pups started to tire and Scott lost us. The trail had the biggest hills I have ever run on with a 6 dog team! The puppies really slowed for the last 5 miles. I thought about putting Lucas in lead to pick up the pace, but decided I was going to let Vale finish the race in lead, even if it meant loosing a placement or two. Scott finished a little over 11 minutes ahead of me. Scott was 7th place (and the fastest purebred team) and I was in 10th place (second fastest purebred team). It was wonderful that we both finished in the money, and we got our entry fees back. Scott missed SDX time by 30 seconds! In the long run he was really bummed about leaving Mark home, so we will not do that again. There was many times I wished I had Kermit on those never ending hills, but I was really proud of my pups. It was not until I was on the trail that I realized my whole team is obedience titled. Scott was so proud of Circe and Lance running lead, especially since Circe is in season. I should also mention that Vale is also in season! Vale is JUST like Valeska and will be a huge asset to our teams for years to come. I told them I would not come back for that race unless they made it an 8 dog. I think many people felt the same way. It was the type of trail that could bring grown men to tears.
1/9/10 & 1/10/10 - We had our first race of the season. Two days before the race I had to make a change to the teams. I put Lucas on Scott's team, and moved Viktor to my team, because Viktor's thigh muscle was bothering him again. Scott's team was: Circe, Lance, Jadis, Mannie, Mark, Lucas, Homer & Beaver. My team was: Valeska, Vale, Solo, Eve, Vince, Virgil, Viktor & Kermit. Day 1 Scott's team did well, but 2 different teams were running down the wrong side of the trail, and they ran into Scott's team. In the past, with his team, Valeska would have been able to prevent that problem, but Circe & Lance are learning confidence in lead, after all Lance is only a yearling. After that Scott could not get his team to gee over (run down the right side of the trail) because in their minds that meant other teams would run into them. They also lost their speed because of the confidence problem. I had a wonderful run, the yearlings were super, Vale did awesome in lead. The dogs finished the trail in a time that pleased me. I actually beat Scott by a few seconds. Usually Scott's team is 10 minutes faster than my team. Does not matter if we do 12 miles or 25 miles it is a set 10 minutes each run. So that really shows how slow Scott's team was. Scott's father ran Ember & Kyia in the skijor class and they took 1st. I ran 3 dogs in the old dog class the team was: Kyia, Valeska & Orion. They did great, it was awesome to see Kyia & Valeska work their commands together, we took 1st place. Day 2 Scott had another bad run. Lance would not run lead and Scott had to put Jadis in lead. Jadis and Circe both have speed, but not when they run together. Scott's time was slightly faster. My run was decent, but I could tell Valeska did not have as good of a time. I pretty much had the same time as Saturday. Overall Scott took 4th & I took 5th place in the 8 dog class (8 teams were entered in that class). So nothing to brag about. I'm going to run Lance with Valeska this week to get his confidence back. I was supposed to run in the puppy class, but Dug twisted his shoulder coming out of the kennel, so I did not bring them. I have run them though, and they are fun, Varitek is a natural. Mark finished his Sled Dog Outstanding title.
12/9/09 - People have been bugging me for new stories. I almost killed myself today, and I wrote about it. Click here to read the newest story. Enjoy!
12/4/09 - Deb & I decided to go to a show in Providence, RI. Deb showed Josh (Ben's son) in Bred By, I showed Valeska in Bred By. We both got second place. We had a nice lunch with Trish, shopped & drove home. We had a fun day together.
11/21/09 & 11/22/09 - Scott & I went to the shows in West Springfield, MA. On Saturday I showed Valeska in Novice B, she was doing well, but then for some reason she came before she was called on the recall so we did not qualify. Scott took Circe in Rally Advanced, I thought they did pretty good, but the judge did not qualify them because Circe jumped on Scott. We have always thought that the rules read that if the dog touches you the judge will take off points, if you touch your dog you do not qualify. Apparently that judge reads the rules differently than us. I took Valeska into a good sized Bred By class and did not even place. We told Solo that she had to save the day. I know that is a lot to ask of a little girl, but she knew what had to be done. Solo did great, the best she has ever done, and she finished her Rally Novice title. On Sunday I started with Valeska in Novice B again. She did the same thing as the day before. Back to the drawing board, coming before she is called is not something she has ever done. If I was willing to admit that she is getting old I would say it was the acoustics in that building and she was afraid she might not hear me and came early. Since she is still young like a pup, and has another good 10 years left of life, we will not say that was the problem. Next Scott went in Rally Advanced with Circe. I thought they did about the same as the day before, Scott thought she felt better, either way she did not jump on him so she qualified for her second RA leg (same judge as Saturday). We had to wait a while for breed, so we enjoyed watching the agility. Eventually I was able to show Valeska in Bred By and we won our class. I was really really hoping for a major, but she did not even take Reserve.
11/6/09 - Deb & I decided to go to a show in Fitchburg, MA. I brought Valeska, and she brought Josh (Ben's son). Valeska won her class, but did not take Winners Bitch, so no points for us. Josh did not go Best of Winners, so no points for him. Josh did beat Valeska for Best Bred By, he went into the Bred By Working Group and took a group 2nd! While at the show Valeska did a photo shoot for PetEdge. Watch for Valeska in your upcoming catalogs, she posed on a brown dog bed.
11/1/09 - I finally caught up with some much needed updates!! I also added a fun page of the dogs working in harness this season. Training 2009.
10/9/09 & 10/10/09 - Friday night we took Valeska, Hailee & Solo to a night trial in Amherst, NH. Scott showed Valeska in the Rally Advanced class. They finished her RA title and took second place with a score of 94. Scott showed Solo in the Rally Novice class. It was her first show, and the first time she has ever been in a building. She did well with a score of 91, and they got her first leg. I showed Hailee also in the Rally Novice class, and got her second leg. Saturday morning we went back with Hailee & Solo. Scott took Solo in and got her second leg. She did not do as well, apparently 2 days in a row was too much for her. I took Hailee in and finished her Rally Novice title with a score of 90.
In a little over a month we have finished 7 titles! 1 Championship, 1 Companion Dog, 4 Rally Novice & 1 Rally Advanced.
9/24/09 - 10/4/09 - Scott and I
went to the Siberian Husky Club Of
America's National Specialty Show in Chattanooga, TN. We had a
wonderful time! We took Valeska,
Vince, Virgil &
Ben. We left on Thursday so that we could spend a few days in
North Carolina with Scott's brother, Jay. We arrived in Chattanooga on
Sunday. We started with a cancer seminar on Monday.
See Valeska on Animal Planets Dogs 101, aired 10/3/09 . She is the "digging" dog. He needed a dog that would dig on command and then lay in a hole. Well, she is Valeska, and does whatever we ask, so she dug a hole & laid in a hole.
9/5/09 & 9/6/09 -
We took Ember, Vale, Vince &
Virgil to the North
Conway, NH show. I found out that Ember needed 1 single point to finish
his American Championship, so I entered him at the last minute. On
Saturday I showed Ember and he took Reserve to
Ben's son Josh (Deb's dog
who took Winners Dog at Yankee this year). Then we took the V's in Rally
Novice B, Scott works/shows Vince &
Vale, I work Virgil. They all did
well, but Virgil was the star of the day with a score of 97 (5th
place....of course). Sunday I showed Ember and we took Winners Dog, and
then Best of Breed to really finish his American Championship. Then we
showed the V's again. Sunday's judge was much harder. Vale was the super
star of the day with a score of 95 (5th place....of course)!
to finish her Rally Novice title in a big way. We had a good time. Next
show will be the National!
8/30/09 - We had our first run this AM. I never run dogs before September 1st, but it is nice to have Scott help me with the first hookup. Boy do I have my work cut out for me with all these young dogs! I'm tired just thinking about it. I always say who my super star yearling is. This season it is Vince.
8/19/09 - I finally decided on my National entry! I knew that we would bring Valeska, Ben & Vince. I kept going back and forth about who the 4th dog should be. We are only allowed 4 dogs in the room, and it is pretty easy to only take care of 4 dogs. I could not decide if it should be Virgil or Circe. Both could be entered in several classes, and both are fun dogs to travel with. Circe can be a picky eater on the road and would be coming off puppies. So, I decided to go with Virgil as the 4th dog.
8/7/09 & 8/8/09 - I took Valeska & Ember to Ballston Spa, NY. On Friday Ember won the Bred-By class, but did not do anything else. Valeska took 4th in Bred-By. Saturday was our day. I told myself that I was going to dedicate the day to Pando, since we lost her on Monday. Ember won his Bred-By class, then took Winners Dog. Valeska won her Bred-By class, and took Reserve Winners Bitch. Ember went back in for the breed and by some grace of god he took Best Of Winners and finished his American championship with a 4 point major. Pando was really looking out for us! Thank you Pando!
8/2/09 - We went to a dog show in Keene, NH with Vale & Valeska. We took Pando with us since she is so sick and we cannot leave her alone. We told the girls to make Pando proud and they did. Scott showed Vale in Rally Novice, they did well and earned the first leg of her title with a score of 94. I showed Valeska in Bred By, she took Winners Bitch and earned another point.
7/15/09 - Vince & Vale graduated their obedience classes and both got their Canine Good Citizen titles. Vale was really good tonight! She went on a long hike up Mt. Major with her buddy Rondo today. Vince is always perfect, so no surprise there.
7/2/09 - Virgil graduated classes and got his Canine Good Citizen title. I LOVE working with him! He is a good obedience dog.
7/1/09 - I took Ember to a Ralph Lauren photo shoot in NY.
6/20/09 & 6/21/09 - I took Ember & Valeska to some shows in Maine. I was thinking it was outdoors, but it was tiny rings indoors, which meant neither dog ever got a chance to move out. I never got over 2nd place with either of them.
5/29/09 - We went to the
Yankee Siberian Husky Specialty Show.
We started off the AM by picking up our friend Debbie. It was her first
show in 2 years, she had her dogs Justin & Joshua entered. We had 4 dogs
entered: Ben, Valeska,
Circe & Hailee. The day proved to be hectic with
conflicts (what else is new), but we made it work. First Scott took
in for Veteran Sweeps and they won their class. I then took
for Veteran Sweeps and we won our class. I then rushed over to the
Novice B obedience ring with Ben. He stinks outdoors, and he likes to keep messing up since he only
needs 1 leg to finish his title. He blew the off lead heeling (I did it
on my own...again) and he went down on the long sit. Deb took Joshua,
into Bred By and won the class. Josh then went in for Winners and took
Winners Dog for his first major. Not bad for Deb's first show back after
2 years! Deb then took Justin, Orion's brother, in for
the Veteran class. He took 2nd, and Deb was pretty happy with that.
Ben went in and took 1st in Sled Dog...not hard
since he was the only one in his class.
Next Scott took Valeska in
for Rally Advanced, which is all off lead, they did pretty good and got
her first RA leg and 1st place. Then Scott took
Circe in the same class.
Circe had a meltdown, she laid down and did not move, Scott asked to be
5/2/09 - I have been working Hailee for the last month to get her ready for Rally Novice. I had her entered in the Acton, ME show this weekend, but of course she had to come into season which makes her not eligible to compete in obedience. We also had Vince entered in the 9-12 month class. It is a small show and I was hoping he could at least take Best Of Bred puppy. He was the only dog in his class, so he easily took first place ;-) a very cute female puppy got Best Puppy. Scott is still working with Vince to get him to be a bit more confident so that he looks nicer. Vince is one of the dogs Scott will be working in obedience this spring/summer, and I think that will make him shine a bit more. He is such a sweet little guy. We enjoyed the rest of the day by shopping in Maine. I found a Trans Alaskan Anorak, normally priced at $200.00, for $60.00 at Cabelas! It has a small tear in it, and I will just put a patch over it. Unfortunately it is the same color as Scott's Anorak, I guess we will match at all of the races. We were supposed to return Sunday AM to show Vince again, but my stomach was a mess. I saw a commercial for a pasta bread bowl at Dominoes Pizza, I thought it looked really good. Scott took me there for dinner and it did not sit well with me at all.
4/18/09 & 4/19/09 - Scott and I went to the Ohio Specialty. What a drive! We left on Friday and drove all day. Saturday started off with me showing Ben in obedience, the Novice B class. He did wonderful in the regular exercises, I thought for sure he would finish his CD title. We went back in for the long sit & down and he did a perfect recall during the sit. I'm starting to think we will never finish his title. Scott took Vince in the 9-12 month sweeps class, and they took 2nd. The judge was a fellow musher. Scott took Vince back in for the regular 9-12 month class and they took 4th. I took Ember in Bred By and we did not place, I was embarrassed because he showed like a butt head. After lunch I took Valeska in Bred By and she took 4th. Sunday I started with Ben, he did not do as well in the regular classes but qualified. When we went back in for the sits & downs he did the same thing as Saturday. Scott took Vince in the 9-12 class and took 4th again, he did not show well, and really wanted to go home. I showed Ember and he took 3rd in Bred By. Then I showed Valeska and she took 2nd in Bred By. Scott showed Zina and she did not place. The judge was Vince Buoniello he judges dogs against the standard. The highest score a dog can receive is an A ++. Valeska got an A++ (and he told me he really liked her), Zina got an A + with a small +, Ember got and A + & Vince got an A. There was some really nice dogs entered at the show! It took all day Monday to drive back home. On the way home we stopped to pickup Bobbi in CT. Our friend Kathy brought her back from Al & Ann Stead's home in MN.
3/18/09 - I
figured I should write something now that the race season is over. I had a
miscarriage the week before the Sandwich Notch race. Scott feels that I do
too much; taking care of 30 + dogs, running 3 teams, taking care of 6
cats, 6 parrots, working full time, trying to take care of the house and,
because it is me, trying to overachieve at everything I do. Scott has
always thought I set my goals too high. With that in mind I have decided
to make my life a little easier.
3/14/09 - We decided to run the Bear Notch race even though we had not run the dogs since the Can-Am, and some of the dogs on my team had not been out in a month. In order to do well at a race you should keep training the dogs so they are in shape. Just 5 days off and they are snails, 2 weeks is a lot of rest. So we went to this race for fun and did not expect much, it is a nice season ender. Scott ran: Valeska, Viktor, Jadis, Circe, Mark, Beaver, Homer & Mannie. Viktor was able to complete the race in lead, but his gait was off. We are hoping that he comes back 100% in the fall. Figuring they had not been out in 2 weeks his team did well! They placed 6th, and the 1st place team is an Alaskan team Scott usually beats. So if I had gotten off my lazy butt and trained them they might have won the race. I ran: Lucas, Belle, Kit, Kyia, Kermit, Hailee, Ember & Tannis. I felt like we were snailing. My team did not do as well with 2 weeks (and some of them 4 weeks) off, but we had a good time. Bobby Bain ran Kasper & Zina on his team. When I passed Bobby's team Kasper was working his butt off going up the hill while his other leader necklined along. You have to love Kasper, no matter what he gives it his all. That's all folks!
2/28/09 - We ran the Can- Am race, both of us were entered in the 30 mile class. We both love this race. The whole community gets involved and the race comes off feeling magical. When we are up there we cannot help but want to live there. Scott ran: Valeska, Viktor, Mark, Circe, Beaver, & Mannie. They did well, once again Viktor could not run lead so Scott put Circe in lead. I ran: Jadis, Lucas, Belle, Hailee, Kermit & Homer. Jadis is my leader who sets the pace, she was just finishing up with her season and did not want to run lead. I put Homer up in lead who is a bit slower in lead. Over all I was happy with their performance. I had stopped for 10 minutes to help a musher in need. I flagged down some people on snow machines and asked them to go get this girl some help. Teams passed us while we tried to get her situated. I was afraid my hook would not hold my team anymore with teams passing, so I told her to be strong, and that I would go to up to the turn off and tell the trail crew she needed help. As I left another guy was stopping to help her some more. I did go up to the guy at the turn off and had him call on his cell phone to get her help. I was depressed for this girl for a while, and I think the team sensed it. I had to shake it off and get my team perked back up. The man who stopped to help her as I was leaving passed me, so I knew he had not stopped to help her for more than 5 minutes. The trail was very fast and I think I did most of it standing on the drag slowing them down. When the race was over I felt bad for the team because if they had not stopped for 10 minutes, and if I had gotten off my drag we would have placed higher. Oh well! I was upset on Sunday at the awards breakfast when they acknowledged the musher who stopped to help the girl after I left, but nobody else. They said that he would have placed in the money had he not stopped, which was untrue. Scott placed in front of this man and Scott was 20 minutes faster. So they were trying to say that if he had not stopped for 5 minutes he would have been 25 minutes faster! It irked me. I on the other hand would have beaten a few teams ahead of me if I had not stopped for 10 minutes. I did not want people to clap for me at the awards breakfast for helping this girl, I did it because she was in need, I just thought it was wrong that this one guy took all of the credit.
2/21/09 - After several years of not going off the Sandwich Notch race made a comeback. Scott ran 8 dogs in the 45 mile class. His team was: Valeska, Viktor, Lucas, Mark, Circe, Beaver, Homer & Mannie. Once again Viktor's sore muscle started bothering him. He only made it a few miles in lead, but was fine in team. Scott made 3 leader changes before settling with Circe, who is not a fast dog in lead, but she did the job for 40 miles. We will not complain about his run...Scott finished in 2nd place. I had not been feeling well all week so I had our friend Rob run my team in the 20 mile class. His team was: Tannis, Belle, Kit, Kyia, Kermit & Hailee. Rob ended up not feeling well and he could not help the team out much. They finished somewhere in the middle of the pack. Great news, Mannie finished his SDO title! Lucas and Homer finished their SD titles, each dog finished with 180 mile (they only needed 100 miles and 5 legs).
1/14/09 & 1/15/09 - We had three team entered in the Stratford Nighthawks Sled Dog Race. Scott ran: Valeska, Viktor, Mark, Circe, Beaver, & Mannie in the 30/30. I ran Jadis, Lucas, Belle, Kit, Kermit & Homer in the 30/30. Scott's brother Jay ran: Tannis, Kasper, Zina, Kyia, Ember & Hailee in the 15/15. Saturday Scott's team did great. Sunday Viktor's sore muscle came back to bug him, Scott had to bag Viktor for more than half of the race. Valeska ended up running in single lead, it was very slow going for him since he is used to going pretty fast. Scott ended up placing in 3rd. My team did great on Saturday. Sunday I fell and could not help the dogs at all, we were a little bit slower on Sunday, but still placed 4th. Jay did well finishing in 5th place. Beaver & Circe finished their SDX titles!
2/7/09 - We went to Greenville, ME to run the 30 mile race at the 100 Mile Wilderness Race. Scott ran: Valeska, Viktor, Lucas, Mark, Circe, Beaver, Homer & Mannie. He had a good run and finished the 30 miles under 2.5 hours. I ran: Jadis, Belle, Kit, Kermit, Hailee, Kyia, Ember & Tannis. I had an ok run, it could have been better. I ended up with Kermit in lead just to mix it up. It was fun until he tried to continue down the lake instead of going to the finish :-)
1/31/09 - We went to the Katahdin Ironworks 30. It was a really nice trail, although next year we are running an 8 dog team in the open class! The new snow made the trail very punchy for the dogs, it was slow going with only 6 dogs. The trail is nice and wide with lots of hills. Our dogs tend to like a wooded trail, so I don't think it was their favorite trail in the world since it was very open due to logging. Scott ran: Valeska, Viktor, Mark, Circe, Beaver & Mannie they did well finishing in 3rd place and the fastest Siberian team. Although Viktor was still slower than normal because of that sore muscle in his back leg. I ran: Belle, Jadis, Lucas, Kit, Kermit & Homer and we finished in 5th place. We were impressed that we beat a bunch of the open team times. I'm pretty sure if Scott had run his 8 dog team he would have had 1st place in the open class. Kasper & Hailee ran on Bobby Bain's team for the 15 mile class.
1/24/09 - Our friend Marsha Colcord put a lot of hard work into putting on the Wonalancet Fun Run. It was 15 miles of some of the best trails ever. We have not had that much fun since racing Sandwich Notch. The trail followed some of the Sandwich Notch system which made it challenging, very hilly, windy, with lots of trees. What a great time! Scott ran: Valeska, Viktor, Mark, Circe, Beaver & Mannie. The first half of the race Scott thought he had it won, but then Viktor slowed down for the second half. He has been struggling with a sore muscle in his back leg. Nothing that stops him from running, it just slows him down. Scott ended up with a respectable 3rd place. I ran: Jadis, Lucas, Dahlia, Kit, Kermit & Homer and finished in 6th. I was the first team out so I did not have to deal with Jadis not overtaking teams (something we are working on). They did very well. Our friend Rob ran a third team for us: Belle, Zina, Hailee, Kyia, Ember & Tannis. They did well finishing in 11th place. Kasper ran lead for Bobby Bain's team and they finished just ahead of Rob in 10th place. It was a great day!
1/10/09 & 1/11/09 - We ran our first race of the season. It was a Fun Run put on by Patriot Siberian Husky Rescue in memory of Will Cowie. Scott's father ran in the 4 dog class: Kasper, Zina, Hailee & Kyia. I ran in the 6 dog class: Jadis, Lucas, Weather, Kit, Kermit & Homer. Scott ran in the 8 dog class: Valeska, Viktor, Mark, Circe, Dahlia, Belle, Beaver & Mannie. Kasper finished his SDX title. This race was a bit of an eye opener for me and my inexperienced leaders. They had been doing really well in training, and have not had any trouble over taking slower teams. Saturday I had a lot of trouble when I tried to over take teams, my leaders decided to stop and sit. On Saturday we lost 7 minutes because of this problem. I ended up taking Jadis out of lead and putting Homer in lead just to get the team back to the truck. On Sunday I ran the same leaders that I started with on Saturday and just worked them through it. I did have some trouble, but not nearly as much. It is a great team, I just have to get them a little more confident. Scott had a decent run. Valeska is 8 years old and has slowed down ever so slightly. The only real problem Scott had with his team was that Belle can no longer keep up with them. Mark finished his SDX title. On Saturday I ran: Pando, Coyuk & Orion in the old dog race. I ran the oldest dogs at that race, Coyuk is 12.5 years old, Pando & Orion are both 10.5 years old. Coyuk had trouble keeping up, and I would have been faster had I only ran Pando & Orion (who had tight tugs the whole way), but Coyuk had a good time.
10/26/08 - 11/2/08 - Scott and I
went to the Siberian Husky Club Of
America's National Specialty Show in Gettysburg, PA. We had a
wonderful time! We took Valeska,
Circe & Ben with us.
10/11/08 - We went to an obedience trial in NH with Jadis and Lucas. Both dogs were entered in Rally Novice B. Lucas went first and finished his title with a score of 88. Jadis went second and she finished her title with a score of 90. We saw Orion & Minnie's daughter Tok get her first Rally Advanced leg. We went to the show with Whatleigh and she got a second Rally Novice leg on Bodhi (Dahlia's brother). It was a fun day.
9/6/08 & 9/7/08 - We went to the North Conway shows this weekend. Jadis was entered in Rally Novice B on Saturday with hopes of finishing her title, but we had to pull her entry since she started her season. Lucas was entered in Rally Novice B both days. He just graduated from his beginner obedience class, earning his Canine Good Citizen this past Thursday. I'm proud to say that he got his first leg with a score of 95 and his second leg with a score of 91 (it was windy and he lost focus on one exercise...had he done the exercise well he would have placed). I showed Zina in Bred By on Saturday and she took Reserve. There was a judge change on Sunday and I pulled her entry. She does not like to be hand stacked, I have to free bait her, and I knew the replacement judge would not like that.
8/24/08 - 9/1/08 - Scott and I had a wonderful, but tiring, vacation. I made a separate page for our adventures. Please click here for more info.
8/8/08 - 8/10/08 - My friend Whatleigh and I went to NY to a dog show. I had Ember entered in Bred By Exhibitor all 3 days in hopes of getting the major he needs to finish his championship. Ember decided to show like an idiot all three days so we did not get any points. We had a great time otherwise!
We went to the Keene shows with
Jadis & Zina. Scott showed
Jadis in Rally Novice B, and they picked up
her second leg. I showed Zina in Bred By, it was her first show, and we
took Winners Bitch for 1 point.
7/10/08 - Jadis was entered in Rally Novice B for both Wednesday & Thursday at the LRKC show. Wednesday ended up being really hot, and Scott had to go to a meeting, so we did not go to the show. Thursday Ali & I went to the show with Jadis to wait for Scott. They almost missed their ring time. Scott ran up took Jadis and went into the ring without seeing the pattern. I watched several handlers make errors on 2 different signs. Scott did not make any handler errors, but Jadis did not do that well. She loves her dad and was insulted that he snatched up her leash and ran into the ring without saying hi first. Poor girl, this was her first show. Anyhow they qualified with a score of 73. I'm sure she will do much better for her second and third legs!!
5/30/08 - We went Yankee's 40th Specialty Show. I showed Ben in Novice B with hopes of getting his 3rd leg to finish his CD title. He was not focused and blew his off lead heeling. I showed bald Ember in Bred By, he did not place. Scott showed Ben and I showed Ember in the Sled Dog class. Ben took 1st and Ember took 2nd. The day really picked up when Scott took Pando in Rally Novice. They did great!! Pando took 1st place with a score of 96 and finished her RN title. We are so proud of her, and of our 9th RN title! Scott took a bald Kit into Bred By and did not place. Scott and Ben made the cut for breed. The best part of the day was Pando's win!
5/12/08 - Once again Scott was awarded by the Pennsylvania Sled Dog Club. Scott got Best 6 Dog Mid-Distance team for the 07/08 season.
5/3/08 & 5/4/08 - Time to start showing again!! We went to Acton, ME on Saturday & Sunday with Pando. It was her first time being shown in Rally Novice. Pando picked up 2 legs of her RN title. On Sunday I showed Kit in the Bred By class and she took 2nd in her class.
3/15/08 - We went to the Bartlett Fun Run and Scott ran a team. He had a lot of trouble with the boys trying to breed Valeska who was in standing season! So he did not end the season with a great placement, but still made Sled Dog Outstanding time. His team was: Valeska, Viktor, Kermit, Mannie, Mark & Beaver. Viktor finished his SDX title!
3/8/08 - We put on the first Patriot Siberian Husky Rescue Fun Run. The rain did not really start until the awards. Everyone had a good time! Scott ran in the 8 dog class. In the first mile he had to stop 5 times to switch around dogs. Jadis was not running and dragging down the team. Scott ended up putting her in the bag, and she rode on the sled for the whole run. We think she may have had a melt down racing each weekend, and doing the 60 the weekend before. Scott's team that actually ran was: Valeska, Viktor, Circe, Kermit, Mannie, Mark & Beaver. I had hoped to make SDX time to finish Kasper's title. Kasper was really lame and we were really slow. So it was not our weekend. I ran: Kasper, Homer, Tannis, Kit, Hailee & Belle. Bobby Bain ran Kyia & Zak. Mannie finished his SDX title!!
3/1/08 - We went to the Can-AM. It was Scott's first time running a 60 mile race. The plan was for it to be a learning experience for everyone. Scott did not push them and he let them pace themselves. Viktor ran for about 40 miles in lead, then he put Jadis in lead for the rest of the way. They all did well! We are proud. The trail was slow and punchy, it was snowing for the whole time. They did it in under 9 hours (which was Scott's goal) and in 23rd place. I ran the 30 mile class. I tried running Kasper on my team, but he was lame only 4 miles into the trail. I took it slow and we finished 25th place. Scott ran: Valeska, Viktor, Circe, Jadis, Belle, Mannie, Mark & Beaver. I ran: Kasper, Tannis, Kyia, Kit, Hailee & Kermit.
2/23/08 - We went the the Mannsville Quest in NY to defend Scott's title. We each ran a team in the 6 dog 15 mile class. Scott ran: Valeska, Viktor, Belle, Jadis, Mannie & Beaver. I ran: Circe, Ember, Hailee, Tannis, Kermit & Mark. I started with Ember in lead, but had to switch to Tannis halfway out. I was sad racing without Kasper. I hope he is better for the Can-AM. We loaned Kyia & Zak to run on Bobby Bain's team. Scott came in 1st place! I came in 5th. We then split up Scott's 8 dog team for the 4 dog 10 mile class. Scott ran: Valeska, Viktor, Mannie & Beaver. I ran: Circe, Belle, Mark & Jadis. Even though he did not have fresh dogs Scott was still able to take 4th place (out of 17 teams). I took 12th place. I spent a good chunk of time trying to catch a loose dog. I was not able to catch her. They gave me the Sportsmen Award for trying! Beaver finished his SD title!
2/16/08 & 2/17/08 - We each raced a team in the back to back 30 mile class at the Stratford Nighthawks Sled Dog Race. Scott did the 30 miles in 3 hours each day, Scott took 2nd place out of 11 teams!! I finished in 7th place. Kasper ended up lame from the race. I'm worried that he might not be able to race for the rest of the season. Hailee finished her SD title!! Scott ran: Valeska, Viktor, Circe, Liv, Belle, Mannie, Mark & Beaver. I ran: Kasper, Jadis, Kyia, Kit, Tannis, Hailee, Kermit & Zak. 2/18/08 - Kasper has arthritis in both shoulders :-(
2/9/08 - We went to the Garland Fun Run in Maine. We each ran a team in the 6 dog 15 mile class. Scott ran: Valeska, Belle, Circe, Mannie, Beaver & Viktor. I ran: Kasper, Jadis, Zak, Tannis, Ember & Mark. We loaned Kyia & Hailee to run on Bobby Bain's team. Scott came in 1st place! I came in 4th. We had a good time. The people in that club are very nice.
2/3/08 - Scott ran 8 dogs at the L'Odysee Appalachienne race in Québec. We went knowing that the teams are really fast there. Last year they ran the 34 mile course with the fastest times from 1.5 - 2 hours. This year 2 feet of fresh snow fell Friday/Saturday making the trail slow. There was 29 teams registered for that class, but only 14 ran because of the snow. The fastest time ended up being 2 hours and 43 minutes. Scott came in 9th place, and was the fastest Siberian Husky team, with a time of 4 hours. We were proud of the dogs! Scott ran: Valeska, Viktor, Circe, Jadis, Belle, Mannie, Mark & Beaver. Viktor ran lead with Valeska for 20 miles, then Circe took his spot to run with Valeska for the last 14 miles.
1/26/08 & 1/27/08 - We had a good time at Tamworth. I'm not into sprint mushing, but I still managed to have a good time. BIG THANKS to our friend Rob who ran a team for us. We ran 3 teams in the 6 dog Sportsmen class. There was 16 teams in our class, 9 teams were purebred. Scott took 4th, I took 9th & Rob took 10th. All of the dogs we ran have been trained up for longer runs, so I'm pretty pleased with how they did. Scott ran: Valeska, Viktor, Circe, Beaver, Mannie & Mark. Rob ran: Jadis, Tannis, Belle, Kit, Zak & Liv. I ran: Kasper, Ember, Gynger, Kyia, Hailee & Kermit.
1/23/08 - Our season has not started off well. Scott's brother came from North Carolina to run two races for us, neither race went off. We had really been looking forward to Scott running the 100 mile Wilderness race, but he needed Stratford to qualify for that race. We had asked Rob to run a team for us at Craftsbury. I got the news today that Craftsbury was also canceled. We will run the 3 teams at the NESDC sprint race at Tamworth this weekend.
12/28/07 - I just uploaded the new website. It was time for a face lift. Be sure to check out the dog pages, each dog has new photos in their gallery and they each have new write-ups on their info page. Also, check out our new page called "Race Plans" for this year's current race plans. This page looks empty now, but I'm sure it will be full soon. For events that happened before the new website please click on the "Archived Events" link.